Stoke Newington School

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Stoke Newington School
Stoke Newington School Logo.jpg
Established 1982
Type Community
Headteacher Annie Gammon
Location Clissold Road
Stoke Newington
N16 9EX
51°33′32″N 0°05′02″W / 51.559°N 0.084°W / 51.559; -0.084Coordinates: 51°33′32″N 0°05′02″W / 51.559°N 0.084°W / 51.559; -0.084
Local authority Hackney
DfE URN 100279 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,326
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Publication Spotlight, Spotlighter

Stoke Newington School (SNS) is a secondary school situated in Stoke Newington, in the London Borough of Hackney. The school is an amalgamation of Clissold School and Woodberry Down School, with the new school founded in 1982 in the building of the former Clissold School.

In 2002, the school's Media Arts specialism was granted by the then Department for Education and Skills (DfES). A second specialism in science was awarded by the DfES in 2005, hence the title Media Arts & Science College in use by the school since 2006. The specialist schools programme ended in 2013. The current Head Teacher of the school is Annie Gammon, who succeeded Mark Emmerson in March 2008.

In the 2007 report produced by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), Stoke Newington School was described as "an outstanding school with a culture of high expectations" and that "close attention to making sure that all students do as well as they possibly can characterises the school's leadership and management at all levels". Stoke Newington School has a sixth form which was launched in September 2006.[citation needed]

Major renovation of the school under the 'Building Schools for the Future' (BSF) programme was completed in 2010. Willmott Dixon was the main contractor undertaking the new building and refurbishment of the school. Their appointed architect was Jestico + Whiles who won the RIBA May 2011 award for their work on the school.[1]

The completed works on the school include a new entrance building containing 13 new classrooms clad in cor-ten steel, a new dining hall, improvements to the circulation (with more connecting corridors on second and third floors), replacements of the old temporary classrooms, new roofing throughout, new furniture and IT equipment. New disabled access features were also installed to allow as much accessibility as possible to the older buildings, including new ramps and lifts.

Stoke Newington School is noted for its anti-homophobia drive, with music teacher Elly Barnes coming no. 1 in The Independent newspaper's 'Pink List' LGBT awards.[2] The school also pioneers the use of 'behaviour mentors', who aim to reduce bullying and discrimination. The school was highly praised in its Ofsted report for its anti-bullying strategy.[3]

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  1. ^ "e-architect". e-architect. e-architect limited, 6 The Maltings, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4EF, UK. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "The IoS Pink List 2011". Independent. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ofsted Report 2011" (PDF). Ofsted. HM Government. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Lock, Helen (13 December 2012). "East London's art world say EBacc threatens creativity". East London Lines. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Adam Deacon is the boy from the hood". Evening Standard. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Baker, Ben (22 July 2011). "Hackney cyclist Geoghegan Hart to compete at European Youth Olympic Festival". Hackney Gazette. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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